Today I want to share a card that I made using the Spellbinders Cupcake Stand die set from JustRite Stampers. What a fun set! It has everything that you need to make a beautiful (or fun) card front — the background “label”, a cupcake stand, 3 sets of dies to make a multi-layer cupcake (this alone makes them appear so dimensional), a bow and ribbons, and even dies to make ice cream cones (watch for those in a future post!). The die set coordinates with a clear stamp set also by JustRite Stampers called “Cupcake Celebration” (not used for this post, but available from Cut at Home).
The first step in making my card always seems to be selecting the appropriate cardstock for the card and its layers. I loved the pinky red patterned paper that I used as the main layer of the card, but I had a lot of difficulty choosing what to put with it. Sometimes that is just such a challenge! I finally determined that the best alternative was a natural white (soft ivory) color, but that almost seemed like too much contrast. I knew I was going to have to distress the edges to make it work.
When I’m inking layers to make them blend better, I like to use at least two different colors of ink to add some depth and dimension. For this project I chose Memento inks, Toffee Crunch and Peanut Brittle. Both are light brown inks, but one has more grayed tones, while the other is softer and yellower. They complement one another very well, and the result using both is better than just using one or the other. Sometimes it also makes sense to use a third ink — one that complements the background. For this card it could be “Love Letter”, for example. Please see the short video for additional information on the process I use to distress the edges, etc.
I cut the cupcake stand and bow and ribbons from a brushed silver cardstock. I wanted to get the look of a detailed silver cupcake stand, and it worked quite well. You can’t see it very well in the photograph, but all of the pieces have a great amount of detail that adds to the authenticity or believability. This simply means that you don’t have to do much beyond cut and emboss and you are ready to assemble your card. Be sure to emboss each of these pieces — the details are important.
The only decisions with the cupcakes are what color should the cupcake liner be, and what flavor are the cupcakes. You can see I couldn’t decide on flavor, so I alternated chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. I chose to use a white parchment as the liner because I wanted a more formal appearance. So I cut 4 chocolate cupcake bases and 4 vanilla cupcake bases (normally you just need the tops, but with the vellum, I needed the flavor to show through). I also cut 8 cupcake bases from the vellum. I cut 4 matching chocolate tops, and 4 vanilla tops. Finally, I cut eight of the white icing topper. All very easy.
The “celebrate” sentiment is from a set of clear stamps by Paper Smooches. I cut a piece of vellum using one of the dies from the Spellbinders A2 Card Creator Modern Stationary die set (I love this set!). I stamped the sentiment on the vellum using Onyx Black Versafine ink. (Be sure to allow this to dry thoroughly so it doesn’t smear.)
From here it is all assembly. I used small pieces of Scor-Tape to attach the cupcake layers together. I was careful to keep the adhesive toward the top of the cupcake where it would be hidden by other layers. I placed the label on the card layers, and attached it using Scor-Tape. I used 1/8″ Scor-Tape to attach the cupcake stand to the label. I worked with the arrangement of the cupcakes a little until I was happy with it, and then attached them with a little of the Scor-Tape. I used Pink Fizz Smooch Glitz to embellish the cupcakes. The bow and ribbon pieces were attached below the label with 1/8″ Scor-Tape. Finally, I added the “celebrate” sentiment using Scotch vellum adhesive, and attached the card front to a card back. Easy peasy!
This is a wonderfully versatile die set — it will make a more formal card like I showed you above, or it will make a bright, fun card — and everything in between. I think that you know me well enough by now that I can share with you an “oops” card — one where I just should have paid more attention as I was assembling. Yikes, the dreaded leaning cupcake stand!
Cupcake Stand die set by Spellbinders for JustRite Stampers
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
assorted cardstock (including brushed silver cardstock and clear vellum)
Spellbinders A2 Card Creator Modern Stationary
Memento inks — Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Love Letter
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — 1/4″ and 1/8″
Scotch Vellum Adhesive
Paper Smooches sentiments, “Scripty Sayings”
Smooch Glitz – Pink Fizz
For the second card — ribbon, Candi by Craftworks Cards, assorted Copic markers (to add detail on cupcake tops), low dimensional adhesive, Lawn Fawn sentiment set, “Happy Everything”
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’